Rob
Johnson

Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship

• Master in Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue, Heythrop College, University of London.
• Master in Business Administration, The Darden School, University of Virginia
• Bachelor of Arts, Davidson College

Rob Johnson is visiting professor in the Entrepreneurship Department. Rob is a successful entrepreneur and venture capital investor. From 1990 he was on the faculty of London Business School for ten years, where he designed and taught a course on entrepreneurial finance and founded the European Business Plan of the Year Competition. He also founded the International Search Fund Center at IESE.

He has served as a director, and in several cases as chairman, of many private companies and has been actively involved in those companies from their early financings through to successful trade sales and IPOs. Rob serves on the advisory boards of Palamon Capital Partners in London and Vonzeo Capital in Vancouver, the investment committee of the Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar Development Fund, and the boards of several search fund companies. His areas of specialization include financing new ventures, the private equity industry, and search funds.

Areas of interest

* Search funds

Publications

Articles in other publications

KOLAROVA, L., KELLY, P., SIMON, J., JOHNSON R., R. (2023). The Big Picture: The search fund wave. IESE Business School Insight (163), pp. 34-35.
KOLAROVA, L., KELLY, P., SIMON, J., JOHNSON R., R. (2023). The Big Picture: Oleada de fondos de búsqueda. IESE Business School Insight (163), pp. 34-35.

Studies

KOLAROVA, L., KELLY, P., SIMON, J., JOHNSON R., R. (2022). International Search Funds-2022. Selected Observations. IESE.
KOLAROVA, L., DÁVILA, A., JOHNSON R., R., KELLY, P. (2020). International Search Funds 2020. Selected Observations. IESE.
KOLAROVA, L., DÁVILA, A., JOHNSON, R., KELLY, P. (2018). International Search Funds - 2018: Selected Observations. IESE.
JOHNSON, R., SIMON, J. (2017). Re-Thinking Search Fund Incentive Structures. IESE.
KOLAROVA, L., DÁVILA, A., JOHNSON, R., KELLY, P. (2016). International Search Funds - 2016: Selected Observations. IESE.

Cases

JOHNSON R., R. (2022). Marc Bartomeus and Spain's First Search Fund. IESE, E-226-E.
KOLAROVA, L., JOHNSON R., R. (2021). Accolade Group. IESE, E-225-E.
JOHNSON R., R. (2021). Nordic Technologies AB. IESE, E-224.
JOHNSON R., R. (2021). Nordic Technologies AB. IESE, E-224-E.
JOHNSON R., R. (2021). Beltren. IESE, E-222-E.

Technical Notes

JOHNSON, R. (2020). Valuing Early-Stage Businesses: The Venture Capital Method. IESE, EN-33-E.
JOHNSON, R. (2013). Assessing a New Business Opportunity. IESE, EN-17-E.
JOHNSON, R. (2005). Assessing Non-US Markets for Private Equity Investments. IESE, EN-6-E.
JOHNSON, R. (2004). Don't Begin Your Business Plan Project Without Addressing These Issues! IESE, EN-8-E.
CLAFLIN T. M.,, JOHNSON, R. (2004). An Approach to Structuring Venture Investments. IESE, EN-7-E.